Free VMware server
VMware is making a free virtualization server for Linux and Windows.. That's simply tremendous news, though I'm surprised by how many people I talk to who don't understand why this is so important.
There seems to be a lack of understanding about the value of virtualization. It is NOT just about being able to maximize cpu cycles on high end hardware. If that were its only value, it would be limited to only the largest businesses and VMware wouldn't be popping out a freebie at all.
In fact, virtualization has real benefits right down to the little guy with one lonely laptop. Virtual machines are the future, and I'll eat my hat and a fried buffalo patty if I'm wrong about this: within a very few years, running virtual machines will be very common in business of all sizes and won't be particularly unusual even on home desktops.
For the individual user, virtual machines give you instant application independence: